Published on: 11 December 2019

Value of output rises

The total value of output of agriculture increased by 3.1% in 2019. The contributors to this were a 0.7% decrease in the volume of production and a 3.8% rise in producer prices. The volume of crop production lessened by 2.3%, while that of livestock production increased by 1.7% and the volume of services by 1.0%. The production of agricultural products stagnated or went down except for cereals, live animals and potatoes.

In 2019 compared to the previous year:

The volume of crop production lessened by 2.3% according to the first preliminary data. The quantity of cereals became 3.3% larger in total, the production of maize and wheat both went up. The quantity of industrial crops was 8.2% smaller than in the previous year, the largest fall was recorded in the production of rape out of oil seeds, and merely that of protein crops rose. The quantity of forage plants became 1.0%, that of horticultural products 5.7% and the quantity of wine 10% smaller. The quantity of fruits decreased by 13%, the growth in the production of peaches could only lower the fall.

The total volume of livestock production was up by 1.7%. The quantity of live animals rose by 2.5%, first of all due to a growth in the keeping of cattle and pigs. The quantity of sheep, goats, horses and other animals was unchanged, that of poultry was reduced. The production of animal products remained unchanged.

The value of the output of the agricultural sector (including services and secondary activities) increased by 3.1% at current basic prices, its volume of production – along with a 3.8% rise in prices – was cut by 0.7%.

The volume of intermediate consumption grew by 0.7% and its price by a total 3.3%. Out of inputs a significant expansion occurred in the volume of veterinary expenses, the rest of the inputs rose to a lower extent, and merely the use of chemical fertilisers was lowered based on the first estimates.

Gross value added increased by 1.7%. Labour input in agriculture was reduced by 2.0%. Factor income grew by 1.7% and entrepreneurial income by 0.2%.

Real factor income per unit of labour force (indicator “A”) was 0.3% lower than in the previous year.